Real Conversations Before Geek Bonnaroo

We laughed about our kooky parents and contemplated the question marks in our futures. She has friends going to SXSW so I had to explain that I was going to the Geek Bonnaroo, not the music part that normal people attend. She gave me a video tour of her crash pad down there, and introduced two of her roommates who were hanging around.

I had three really great conversations this week.

I have been leaving myself on Skype more lately because otherwise I’m essentially shut off from the world. I’m ‘derekshanahan’ there if you’re looking for me.

Twitter is one thing, but twitter is a different beast.  That’s a place to get information, reach out to people quickly, and get eyes on pieces of conversations.  Never the whole thing.

These weren’t geek conversations though.  These were my best friends an my little sister.

Cha-rule‘s been my girl since I knew what girls were, and when she left Chicago I really felt the earth move.  Man we were rocking Chicago for a while; concerts a few times a week, late weeknights and early work mornings.  I met my last girlfriend through her, even.

She’s in Denver now and she loves it.  We laughed about how weird some of the people we’ve known turned out to be, and how much love we have for them.  We marveled at our friends having babies and what a different it makes when you don’t have to wear a coat outside in February.

Murph called me last night, and he misses me.  I miss him too.  It was a whirlwind, leaving Chicago, and in large part because it coincided with my acting as his Best Man in January.  Having attended the same school with him since 3rd grade, and subsequently living in Chicago (together for a majority of my time there), this is kind of the first time we’re not in the same place.

It was interesting to hear his take on my decision to chase dreams.  We laughed about how my Dad probably still hasn’t told me his real thoughts at first hearing my ideas.  How his Dad would have said, “Derek, you’re being stupid”, in the way only his father could without it being mean or demeaning.  Haha…my poor father was probably thinking the same thing.

We pretty much laughed the whole time.  Laughing via Skype usually means a laptop bouncing around your lap…a use case I wonder if they looked into.

And my sister and I chatted, finally…my little little.  She’s in Denver as well, loving the face off of her internship there and trying to figure out what’s next.  She’s headed to Notre Dame (bite my tongue) in the Fall, but last weekend was flown to NYC to partake in a youth summit/internship interview type thing with Goldman Sachs.  Not. Shabby.

We laughed about our kooky parents and contemplated the question marks in our futures.  She has friends going to SXSW so I had to explain that I was going to the Geek Bonnaroo, not the music part that normal people attend.  She gave me a video tour of her crash pad down there, and introduced two of her roommates who were hanging around.

She’s so good at life.

I’m scrambling to get things ready to go down to Austin for SXSW, and these conversations were all exactly what I needed before a geek scene.  I guess it’s ironic that Skype brought such wholesome, real connection into my lap before four days of ‘location-aware apps!’ and ‘geo-spatial data!’ and ‘foursquare vs. gowalla!’ but in the end I’m just energized at the timing of it all.

See you in Austin?

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